Application Procedures

All persons wishing to enroll at Lyon College must submit a completed application to and be accepted for admission by the enrollment services office. Applications are considered on a rolling basis but should reference the recommended deadlines (November 15, February 7, and April 1), which means that applicants can ordinarily expect an admission decision within one month of the submission of their completed application. The final application deadline for domestic students to apply is August 1 for the fall term. For the spring and summer terms, we use the date two weeks before the first day of the academic session.

Students applying for admission must submit the following application materials. (Students who wish to submit official ACT or SAT I scores to Lyon should note that Lyon’s ACT institutional code number is 0112 and its SAT code number is 6009.)

I. First-year students

  • A. An application for admission.
  • B. Either an official high school transcript from each high school attended or a GED certificate (minimum score of 45).

    • Students wishing to transfer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may do so in accordance with College guidelines, upon receipt by the registrar of a transcript issued by the College Board (for AP credit) or International Baccalaureate.

    • First-year students who have taken any college coursework must also submit an official academic transcript from those institutions. First-year students wishing to transfer credit from another college should refer to the “Academic Rules and Regulations” section for the institutional policy on accepting transfer credits.

  • C. Official SAT I or ACT scores.
  • D. Students must meet the following conditions for consideration for admission:

    • a high school GPA of at least 2.5;

    • a composite “super-score” of no less than 18 on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score);

    • the highest sub-score on the English section of the ACT must be at least 17 (or percentile-equivalent on the critical reading/writing section of the SAT)

    • the highest sub-score on the Mathematics section of the ACT must be at least 17 (or percentile-equivalent on the critical reading/writing section of the SAT);

    • no more than two of any of the students' highest section sub-scores on the ACT can be less than 19.

Applicants whose ACT composite “super-score” is less than 20 (or who have less than the equivalent SAT score) and/or who have at least one highest ACT sub-score that is less than 19 (or who have at least one highest section score less than the equivalent on the SAT), and/or whose high school GPA is less than 3.0 will undergo a careful, holistic review by the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee to determine admission.

 

II. Transfer students

  • A. An application for admission.
  • B. Official college transcripts from each college attended. Transfer applicants wishing to transfer credit from another college should refer to the “Academic Rules and Regulations” section for the institutional policy on accepting transfer credits. Applicants with coursework earned at non- accredited institutions will be asked to verify transferable credits via placement tests. Students wishing to transfer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may do so in accordance with College guidelines, upon receipt by the registrar of a transcript issued by the College Board (for AP credit) or International Baccalaureate.

  • C. Evidence of good academic and social standing at the last institution attended—normally this is reflected on official transcripts.

  • D. A one page (~250 word) personal statement articulating the student’s desire to transfer

  • E. Either official ACT or SAT scores or official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university demonstrating grades of “C” or better in (1) the equivalent of ENG 101 English Composition I and (2) the equivalent of MTH 101 College Algebra or MTH 105 Mathematics for Liberal Arts.

  • F. Official high school transcripts if the applicant graduated high school in the last three years or the applicant has attempted less than 24 hours of college credit.
  • G. Applicants having less than a 2.75 cumulative college GPA must also submit two letters of recommendation.

III. International students

  • A. Lyon application for admission, plus $50 application fee, both submitted by July 1 for students beginning in the fall semester or December 1 for students beginning in the spring semester.

  • B. Test score: Official ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.
  • C. One page (~250 word) personal statement describing why student wants to enroll at Lyon.

  • D. Proof of graduation from secondary school, certified by an NACES agency (if applicable).

  • E. Official transcripts from any non-US college or universities attended, evaluated by an NACES agency.

  • F. Official transcripts from any US schools and/or universities attended.

  • G. Completed Supplemental and Financial Information Form and financial documentation in compliance with that form.

IV. Students seeking readmission

  • A. An application for readmission.

  • B. Official transcripts of any college work attempted in the period of absence.

  • C. Students seeking readmission are required to provide, in lieu of the standard application essay, a statement outlining their reasons for withdrawing and for seeking to re-enroll and presenting a case that they can succeed at Lyon if readmitted. The enrollment services office may ask applicants to supply additional information or documentation in support of the statement.

Students applying for admission as non-degree seeking students must submit a Non-Degree Seeking Student Application, obtained from the enrollment services office, and any supporting materials requested.